I'm applying for grad school this fall. i've been looking at schools and try to decide which school to apply, which is quite confusing. I am majoring in astrophysics and also applying to astronomy/astrophysics program. I've been doing some research about schools, looking for their profile in gradschoolshopper. I'm still anxious about what my chances are of getting into these schools. Here's my brief profile: - cumulative GPA~ 3.7/4.0 , major GPA: 3.9/4.0 - i havn't taken PGRE yet, but i hope i will get the score of around 800. - I did research at my school last summer, and i am doing a research at a national lab this summer. no publications. school i am thinking of applying to : UT Austin U Hawaii Ohio State UC Santa Cruz UCSB UCSD Any advices on my chance of getting in those schools would be great, and on what school you would recommend to be a safety school. For others applying for grad school, what schools are you considering? and how do you choose where to apply??